The roof rat is smaller than the two commensal rats, as the Norway rat is larger. Roof rats are also referred to as black rats or ship rats. The roof rat gets its name from its tendency to find shelter in the upper parts of buildings. Once inside, roof rats damage materials by gnawing through them, contaminating stored food, and serving as vectors of dangerous diseases.
Roof rats are thought to be of Southeast Asian origin, but they are now found worldwide, especially in tropical regions. Roof rats are common in coastal states, seaports, and the country’s southern third.
If you do find signs of an infestation, contact us promptly. A rodent exterminator from Hepius will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species and execute rodent control treatment.